Rozella (Rozie) Kennedy joined the Women’s Foundation of California as Chief Development Officer in 2017, having served in leadership and fundraising roles across the non-profit sector, with particular focus on social, racial, gender, economic, and environmental justice and cross-cultural relations.
After beginning a career in journalism in Paris, France, and with Time Inc. and NY1 News in New York, Oxygen Media and other outlets, she transitioned to the nonprofit sector in New Mexico, helping establish three nonprofits: the NM Centennial, Creative Santa Fe, and the award-winning arts organization Santa Fe New Music.
Upon her relocation to the Bay Area in 2012, Rozie assumed senior-level roles in fundraising and leadership, serving as Executive Director of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, as Philanthropic Relations Officer for San Mateo-based science museum Curiodyssey and its multi-million-dollar capital campaign, and in senior development roles for Earth Island Institute and New Door Ventures.
A New York City native, Ms. Kennedy earned her high school diploma from the Brearley School in Manhattan, a BA in French and English from Tufts University, and an MA in French Caribbean literature from Paris’s Sorbonne University. She is fluent in French, proficient in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese and Italian.
“It is an honor for me to join The Women’s Foundation of California,” she remarks, “particularly at this moment in our nation’s history. California is at the vanguard in demonstrating how we forge ahead with an equity agenda for women, girls, and trans people—particularly people of color, the underpaid, underserved, under-resourced, and those who are marginalized by ingrained systems of oppression. Empowering these community members to advocate and create policy across the justice spectrum is an extraordinarily pertinent mission to engage in. California can be a beacon for other states and regions who recognize that our only way forward as a society is by building more inclusivity and establishing broader rights for all. As The Women’s Foundation gears up for our 40th anniversary in 2019, this is a terrific moment to reach more partners and supporters and welcome them into our sphere of work.”
In addition to her passion for social justice, Rozie enjoys cheering on the Golden State Warriors, watching tennis, playing with her dogs and dancing with Rhythm and Motion at ODC in SF’s Mission District. With her husband, the renowned new music composer/conductor John Kennedy, she has two young adult daughters and resides in Berkeley.